28 December 2013

countdown to new year's: round 2 - the rain dates

Countdown to New Year's: The Rain Dates
As you may have noticed, the Countdown to New Year’s dates have been a little … overlooked? Here’s what happened, in short detail: I got sick, and then I had to travel, which meant the dates had to sit on a back shelf for quite some time (in fact, quite a bit longer than I meant for them to). So, here (also in short detail) is how we’ll proceed: We’re going to jaunt through the end of Round 2, sans dates, and move on to a “lightning” Round 3 relatively quickly! I’m determined to finish this challenge, not so much because I must have a New Year’s dead poet date (though it would make me very happy) … but because there’s still a prize in it for some lucky participant out there, and I’d like to make sure you still have your chances to win!

So, rather than doing dates for the end of Round 2, we’re going to stick with the same “best lines” format, and simply rely on your votes and comments to pick the winners by Sunday evening! Then, Monday, we’ll have a quick Round 3, and move on from there!

Jean Toomer vs Christopher Okigbo

Jean Toomer’s “Storm Ending
The poem’s “pick up line”: “Dripping rain like golden honey—”
The most alluring word/phrase: “Bleeding rain”
The most intriguing line break/enjambment: “Stretching clappers to strike our ears … / Full-lipped flowers”
The line that says “I love you”: “Thunder blossoms gorgeously above our heads”
The perfect closing line for a date: “And the sweet earth flying from the thunder.”

Christopher Okigbo’s “The Passage
The poem’s “pick up line”: “Before you, my mother Idoto, / Naked I stand”
The most alluring word/phrase: “In silence at the passage”
The most intriguing line break/enjambment: “Festivity in black … / Column of ants”
The line that says “I love you”: “Lost in your legend”
The perfect closing line for a date: “For we are listening in cornfields / Among the windplayers”

Storm Passage: Which poet's poem won your heart?
  
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Jorge Luis Borges vs William Waring Cuney

Jorge Luis Borges’ “Sleep
The poem’s “pick up line”: “Who will you be tonight”
The most alluring word/phrase: “broken images of the night’s treasure”
The most intriguing line break/enjambment: “Moments of drowsiness that gild and adorn / The waking mind with dreams …”
The line that says “I love you”: “Who will you be tonight, in the dark thrall / Of sleep, when you have slipped across its wall?”
The perfect closing line for a date: “Why is it so sad to be awake at dawn?”

William Waring Cuney’s “No Images
The poem’s “pick up line”: “She does not know / her beauty”
The most alluring word/phrase: “dish water”
The most intriguing line break/enjambment: “and dish water gives back / no images.”
The line that says “I love you”: “she thinks her brown body / has no glory.”
The perfect closing line for a date: “If she could … see her image in the river, / she would know.”

Sleep Images: Which poem wins this round?
  
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Mbembe Milton Smith vs Kenneth Koch

Mbembe Milton Smith’s “Reality
The poem’s “pick up line”: “if you live, life will touch you”
The most alluring word/phrase: “always the social in the real”
The most intriguing line break/enjambment: “always some nicotine / gets to the lungs”
The line that says “I love you”: “if you live, life will touch you, / caress you sometimes, slap you others.”
The perfect closing line for a date: “it seems there’s no such thing / only experiences”

Kenneth Koch’s “You Know All This
The poem’s “pick up line”: “My hands, somnambular, / Have kept you like a vow”
The most alluring word/phrase:Scheherazade
The most intriguing line break/enjambment: “Persistent as a tongue, / Infecting you, my dear.”
The line that says “I love you”: “I held you for a year, / Persistent as a tongue”
The perfect closing line for a date: “No matter where you are / We touch each other now.”

The Reality You Know: Which poet earned his place in your heart with his poem?
  
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Rainer Maria Rilke vs Bob Kaufman

Rainer Maria Rilke’s “Song of the Dwarf
The poem’s “pick up line”: “here, take a look”
The most alluring word/phrase: “staggering”
The most intriguing line break/enjambment: “she merely hangs on my sharp bones, / flapping her terrible wings.”
The line that says “I love you”: “Maybe my soul is straight and good, / but she’s got to lug my heart, my blood”
The perfect closing line for a date: “So often I would itch / to be luminous and free of fog”

Bob Kaufman’s “Believe, Believe
The poem’s “pick up line”: “Let the voices of dead poets / Ring louder in your ears”
The most alluring word/phrase: “Young apple seeds”
The most intriguing line break/enjambment: “Putting it back together again, / In cool logical patterns”
The line that says “I love you”: “Believe in the swinging sounds of jazz, / Tearing the night into intricate shreds”
The perfect closing line for a date: “Listen to the music of centuries, / Rising above the mushroom time.”

The Song We Believe: Which poem's lines touched your heart strings?
  
pollcode.com free polls 

Your Turn: Remember to vote in the polls for each poetic pairing, but for three entries into the book drawing, share in the comments below ...
1) Your favorite poet overall, based on the above poets and lines
2) Your favorite line overall from the above poets, and
3) Which poets you'd like to see paired in the next round!

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Relive Round One of the 2013 Our Lost Jungle Countdown to New Year's!:

6 comments:

  1. 1.Borges

    2. “Who will you be tonight, in the dark thrall / Of sleep, when you have slipped across its wall?”

    3.I started writing down who'd I'd liked paired, but I would need to know who the winner of these would be right? Because when I looked at the pairing of what I would do, it looked quite similar to what you had.
    Kaufman vs Rilke
    Okigbo vs. Smith
    Borges vs Koch
    Toomer vs Cuney

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  2. First of all, it broke my heart to vote against Rilke. Wanted to vote for him even though Kaufman was better but I was sorry to vote against him.

    “Who will you be tonight, in the dark thrall / Of sleep, when you have slipped across its wall"

    I just want you to have a date with Dr. Suess.

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  3. Thank you both; you've each earned three more entries in the book drawing! I'm still turn for my favorite line... between the one you both have chosen or Kaufman's "Listen to the music of centuries..."

    Carol, I love that you're still going strong for Seuss at this point! We'll see how far the good doctor gets!! :)

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  5. Favourite poet overall out of just these above? I'm actually leaning heavily toward Kenneth Koch and that surprises me...if it's overall overall...I'm pretty sure I'll be holding out for Ferlinghetti but that's just a guess (I've been MIA for awhile)...
    "I held you for a year/Persistent as a tongue" favourite line and I too would like to see Koch and Borges paired.

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    1. Three more entries for you, too! Unfortunately, Ferlinghetti was eliminated in Round 1 (that was, I think, a surprise elimination), but I'm starting to hope my random group generator puts Koch and Kaufman together, since it looks like they'll both be advancing! We'll see! :)

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